Three reasons why Rangers must start 31-year-old v Hamilton
By Will Butcher
Philippe Senderos should be handed a starting berth by Mark Warburton for Rangers away clash against Hamilton on Friday night.
The 31-year-old has made just two appearances for the 54-time Scottish Champions after a dismal start to life in Glasgow that saw him receive his marching orders in the 5-1 thrashing against Old Firm rivals Celtic.
However, Senderos should be given a second chance to shine for the Gers on Friday night for these three reasons:
Chance to earn new contract
The former Arsenal’s current Rangers deal is set to expire in less than six months’ time, and needs game time to prove to Warburton that he deserves a longer stay.
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Providing Champions League experience from his time with the Gunners, Senderos has the quality to improve the Rangers side.
However, he has not been given a prolonged opportunity to do that during his short stay at Ibrox since signing a 12-month deal in the summer.
Away day woes
Warburton’s side have kept just one clean sheet in eight games away from home this season, conceding 14 goals in the process.
With Senderos in the side, the Gers would prove more difficult to break down when out of possession as the Switzerland international looks to change fans’ perspective of him.
Rangers have struggled to find the back of the net this season with just 23 strikes in 17 league games. Keeping a clean sheet would improve their chances of earning a narrow win instead of trying to outscore their opponents.
Playing for nine different clubs across five different countries throughout his career, Senderos possesses an abundance of top-flight experience.
During his seven-year stay in north London, former AC Milan and Valencia stopper Senderos made 114 league and cup appearances as he proved to be an invaluable member of Arsene Wenger’s squad.
Still only 31, Senderos could look to his experience to reignite the kind of form that made him a trustworthy part of Wenger’s side.
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